Topical Issues

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“The juvenile needs the assistance of counsel to cope with problems of law, to make skilled inquiry into the facts, to insist upon regularity of the proceedings, and to ascertain whether he has a defense and to prepare and submit it.”

In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1, 36 (1967)

Key Topics in Juvenile Defense

The following list of topical issues provides an instant summary of the issues as well as links to additional resources related to each topic. If you would like to conduct a search that narrows these topics by jurisdiction or that crosses topics, please use the blue button above to search our nationwide database.

  Appeals   Appointment of Counsel / Access to Counsel
  Child & Adolescent Development   Collateral Consequences
  Communication / Language Issues   Competence
  Conditions of Confinement (PREA, Isolation)   Detention
  Disposition   Diversion
  Educational Issues   Ethics / Professional Responsibility
  Family & Third-Party Engagement   Immigration
  Indigence   Interrogation
  Juvenile Sex Offense Issues   Legislation
  Mental Health Issues   Pleas
  Post-Disposition   Racial & Ethnic Disparities (RED)
  Role of Counsel / Scope of Representation   Search & Seizure
  Sexual Orientation & Gender   Shackling
  Social Work   Specialization in Juvenile Defense
  State Assessments   Status Offenses
  Supreme Court   Transfer
  Tribal / Native American Youth   Violation of Probation
  Waiver of Counsel   Youth in Adult Court